W3 Prompt #1: Wea’ve Written Weekly


Dear friends,

Welcome to the very first W3 Poetry Prompt, which will be posted on Wednesdays (hmnn…. now that I think about it, maybe I should have called it W4).

You may click here for a fuller explanation of W3; but here’s the ‘tldr’ version:

Part I

The main ingredient of W3 is a weekly poem written by a Poet of the Week (PoW), which participants respond to in verse.

Part II

The second ingredient is a writing guideline (or two) provided by the PoW. Guidelines may include, but are not limited to: word counts, poetic forms, inclusion of specific words, and use of particular poetic devices.

Part III

After four days, when the prompt closes, the PoW shall select one participant’s poem as the W3 prompt for the following week, and its author becomes the next PoW.

Simple enough, right?

Enough talk. Let’s do this thing!

I. The prompt poem:

‘Now, or: Horizons’ (an etheree) by David ben Alexander

final day
mixed emotions
years of memories
coworkers become friends
small comfortable office
creaky black desk chair & my mess
much to throw away before I leave
walls crumble and reveal broad horizons

II. The prompt guideline

  • Write a poem that includes some form of the word ‘hope’.

III. Submit: Click on ‘Mr. Linky’ below

In order to participate and share a poem, open up this blog post, outside of the WordPress reader. At the bottom, just below these words, you will see a small rectangular graphic with the words ‘Mr Linky’. Click on that to submit.

49 thoughts on “W3 Prompt #1: Wea’ve Written Weekly”

  1. […] poet friend, David came up with an ingenious idea of spreading the love of poetry. He began W3 Poetry Prompts at the The Skeptic’s Kaddish. I shall urge you all to participate in it and have some […]

  2. Thank you for the prompt!

    Broad horizons newly found
    Gone away is the job
    That was my foundational ground.
    Foundations poorly built
    Crumble under time.
    Crumble under guilt.
    Crystal ball, crystal ball,
    Where in the world
    Am I to fall?
    With change there is fear.
    With change there is opportunity.
    This change I hope,
    Will hold me dear.

    It was fun to write and a good reminder about accepting change. New doors open when others close.

    1. I’m very impressed, Muri ❤

      BTW – the only problem with doing it this way is that you won't get considered as the potential 'Poet of the Week' for next week – because the prompt closes on Sunday, and that's the day the current PoW has to select the next PoW.

      Every PoW needs time to come up with his/her guidelines in advance of their W3 prompt.

      Much love,

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